Ngige: Umahi Didn’t Invite Us To Defection Rally

The MINISTER of Labor and Employment and one of the founding members of the Congress of All Progressives, APC, in the southeast, Senator Chris Ngige, explained over the weekend that some of the party leaders in the area did not attend the rally. Governor Dave’s desertion. Umahi from Ebonyi State because they weren’t invited.

Recall that many prominent Southeast APC members were reportedly absent from Governor Umahi’s defection rally, who last week had left his former party, the Popular Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling APC.

The Governor of Ebonyi State had served as chairman of the PDP for many years and then became lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2015 before emerging as governor in 2015 and was also re-elected in 2019 on the same party platform.

He accused his former party of not being fair to the Southeast by failing to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the area believed to be the PDP’s stronghold since 1998.

It was argued that of the three geopolitical zones in the south, the Southwest through former President Olusegun Obasanjo had held the highest political position in the country for eight years, the South-South through former President Goodluck Jonathan was also at the forefront of the topics. of the country for about six years, leaving only the southeast.

Umahi said that for fairness, fairness and justice, the PDP should zone its presidential ticket for 2023 to the southeast, even as APC was rumored to be considering the area for its presidential seat.

However, at the defection rally in Abakeliki, the capital of Ebonyi state, most of the area’s APC supporters were conspicuously absent, fueling speculation that there is a rift within the party’s family in the zone.

When asked why Southeastern APC leaders were absent from the rally, Labor and Employment Minister Senator Ngige said: “We did not attend because we were not invited, the answer is simple and crazy.”

Also asked whose responsibility was to invite them, he said: “It’s a party thing, or the governor who comes to our party will invite us or the leadership of the Vigilance Committee will invite us, none of them invited us.”

Reminded of the alleged crack in the APC family in the southeast due to the hint that the Vigilance Committee plans to consider Umahi for the party’s presidential ballot, hence the absence of the leaders, Ngige denied having knowledge of any crack within the APC family in the area. .

He said, “Is there a crack in the family that maybe someone is eating and hasn’t invited you to dinner? It is a manifestation, it has nothing to do with the welcome reception of the caregiver.

“Maybe they felt that most of us were busy. I am busy with the problem of ASUU (Union of Academic Personnel of Universities) as you know and labor issues, maybe that’s why they didn’t invite me. Even if they invited me, the demands of homework would not have allowed me to go. So there are no cracks. “

When asked if Governor Umahi did not meet with party leaders in the area prior to his defection, the minister replied, “That is the question you should ask the governor, not me.”

It was reported that neither the Senate whip, Orji Uzor-Kalu, who is the area’s top APC political official, nor the former Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who was a founding member of the party, Senator Ngige and the ministers of the area attended the desertion rally.

Source: – Vanguard